Looking back, the year 2016 has welcomed numerous changes on a global scale that has influenced the lifestyles and mindsets of today’s younger generations, in turn this has also impacted people’s taste in fashion, music, cinematography and specifically trends in design.
Daousser Chennoufi, Chairman and Key Architect of the Draw Link Group shares his insights into the design and hospitality trends we can look forward to in 2017.
The Influence of Travel
Due to ongoing globalization, incredible technological progress and the immense wave of information made accessible through the internet; people have started to travel more frequently. The contemporary millennial travels a great deal, more than ever before, resulting in an abundance of choices for travel that can adapt to any budget. This has brought about increased competition within the travel and hospitality industries, and has resulted in the modularity of furniture and flexibility of design.
The Influence of the East
As globalization continues, the certainty of where to visit, travel to and live has become more obscure with many businesses expanding internationally, corresponding with increased opportunities and potential for hospitality design.
Consequently, by visiting new countries, staying at various hotels and experiencing different cultures, people’s horizons have been broadened. Previously Eastern design trends were not widely popular, yet they are now adopted in the Western world, with travelers preferring Eastern elements incorporated into Western design.
The Influence of Budget Constraints
Due to the instability of the global economy, one of the greatest challenges are budget constraints. There is an increased demand for new and innovative materials that offer cost-effective and practical solutions.
Additionally, traditional materials used in design are now being recycled into completely unexpected roles. For instance, marble is now being integrated into the design of bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms, which is a twist on its previous traditional use. Metal finishes like brass, copper and silver are widely used, and have gained a new, rich application in the interior design.
The Influence of Lifestyles
With the increased pressure of an active lifestyle and extreme business practices, people are looking for options of relaxation and peace of mind in all their living spaces. Infact, the restroom is now being given the same importance as the living room, with many designers giving more consideration to this space.
Several people are looking to connect with nature, however unfortunately spend most of their time indoors. We are now seeing contemporary designs that integrate both interior and outdoor spaces to make them flow together – this also expands living space.
The Influence of Color
As people seek to enjoy a hospitable atmosphere within their homes, we see an increase in the popularity of colors that are warm and welcoming, such as terracotta and shades of green.